Suspicious and intriguing developments A LAW EACH DAY (KEEPS TROUBLE AWAY) - Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star) - May 24, 2019 - 12:00am People cannot really help but be intrigued and somewhat exasperated at the recent incident involving former Supreme Court Justice and ex Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Based on reports in the papers and on her own account, Justice Morales was detained by the Hong Kong Immigration authorities for more than four hours during her recent trip there together with her family. No reason at all was given by the Immigration people, although some HK airport officials said that it was an “instruction” from somebody they did not identify. According to the former Ombudsman herself, she kept asking the HK Immigration people the reason for her detention and they only answered ambiguously, “for immigration reason.” It is quite obvious however that such move is due to the … [Read more...] about Suspicious and intriguing developments
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the government will not tolerate anyone who disrupts the country’s security and democracy as civil unrest grips the capital city following the announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election. Jokowi, who had declared his reelection victory after beating rival Prabowo Subianto by a margin of 11 percentage points, said that his administration would not give in to the rioters and that the authorities would take stern actions against those who violated the law. “I am open to anyone who wants to join hands to build and develop this country together, but I will not tolerate those who disrupt security, the process of democracy and the unity of our beloved country,” Jokowi said on Wednesday at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. “There is no other option. The military and the police will carry out stern actions in accordance with the law,” Jokowi added. The president, who was … [Read more...] about President Jokowi warns of ‘stern actions’ against rioters
BRUSSELS: Next week's European parliamentary election will set the scene for a summer-long political battle over Brussels' most powerful posts, with Germany and France at loggerheads over who takes the top spot.The apparent frontrunner to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission is German MEP Manfred Weber, the candidate of the EPP, the main centre-right bloc in the assembly.But Weber's main sponsor, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is at odds with French President Emmanuel Macron who opposes him, and EU capitals don't want to cede the decision to parliament."If Germany doesn't get the Commission because of France, then France won't get it either," predicted a well-placed Brussels insider, playing down the chances of EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier getting the nod.This could open the door for someone else, possibly the outgoing EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, the former Danish minister and breakout star of the Juncker administration.If she … [Read more...] about France, Germany at loggerheads over next EU president
By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Tues., April 30, 2019 EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney named 22 cabinet ministers Tuesday, which is almost twice the number the NDP named at its inauguration in 2015 and five more than the NDP had at the end of its tenure. New ministries include one dedicated to eliminating “red tape” for businesses, one dedicated to natural gas, and one to mental health and addictions. Kenney also took one portfolio for himself. The new crop of United Conservative Party ministers includes some fresh political faces working in high-profile portfolios, such as health and energy, and some who have served with previous Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Name: Jason Kenney Ministry: Intergovernmental affairs Article Continued Below Riding: Calgary-Lougheed Philosophy: “Alberta is an idea,” Kenney said Tuesday. “The idea that strong families, communities … [Read more...] about Meet Alberta’s new United Conservative ministers
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?